From: Hansen, CWP
Response: I agree with the viewer response. I feel like reading the answers to this question is more like a marketing tool for associations.
If you want to become a wedding consultant do your research WITHOUT SPENDING A DIME. Meet with local vendors in your area; florists, photographers, cake bakers, hotels. Find out the need in your area. I used to live in a very small town where my wedding business would have been NON successful because people just did not use them or have the money. Now, I live in a place where wedding consultants is a necessity.
1. A book that will get you started is the Fabjob Guide to Wedding Planning www.fabjob.com alot of planners call this their bible. It has everything to get you started.
2. I never suggest joining an association or taking a course right at first until you are positive this is what you want to do... there are many out there as you can see from the responses. They are all good but one may not suit you if there association is not in your area. So definitely do your research and see which one is right for you.
3. Visit the www.sba.gov small business website and other local business sites for information
4. Contact your local business department in your town to find out about getting your business license this varies from town to town
5. Find out ways to advertise... getting business cards www.vistaprint.com free cards there and posting them all around town coffee shops, college boards, etc.
6. Find out if there is a bridal show in your area and try to definitely attend as a guest get other vendors information and meet with them.
Just hit the pavement and start meeting people in your area that are in the wedding industry. You can visit websites by clicking typing 'your town and then wedding' in your search engine. Try to visit the library or purchase as many bridal books to get you started.
You may also want to read what brides in your area say by reading the posts for your town at www.theknot.com
If this is what you want to do, you just have to jump in and do it. Being knowledgeable and obeying the law is where you start. You will have to get a contract, price list, a vendor list, and a business license and then you are on your way!!
GOOD LUCK and BEST WISHES!
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